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Posted on December 27, 2016

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Ted Welke

Welke, Ted P., age 60, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, passed away December 19, 2016.

Born to be wild on June 20, 1956, he was the first born and only son of Theodore and Lorraine (Cramblit) Welke. Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was his home for his early life along with his four sisters, Pamela (Gary) Weaver, Christine (John) Parker, Angela (Mark) Muse, and Mari Welke. He was preceded in death by his parents; Aunt Shirley and Uncle Ernie Wiza; cousin, John Wiza; nephew, Jonathon Muse; and all four grandparents.

He was an extremely gifted athlete receiving scholarships and awards. After college at Huron, South Dakota, he became a teacher and coached football and wrestling. He loved music, reading and competitive games. His car accident in 1981 left him in a disabled body. That didn’t stop him from living a full life. He worked every day to get out of the wheelchair. He was experimented on, to which the outcomes were beneficial to other disabled people. He raised money for the Spinal Cord Society and was used as a demonstrator for the FES bike at Sister Kenney. He was very proud to be on the resource board at Courage Center. Plus he had his own tax business.

Even though his body limited him, he woke each day to make the world a better place. Never a whiner. He enjoyed time with family and friends. His greatest joy was spending time with nieces and nephews. He was like a loving toy for little children. Although he loved to tease those he loved, he was solid at taking care of family. He was loving, strong spirited, generous, very intelligent, funny and tenacious. He leaves behind his sisters, his Deb, his aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, 15 nieces and nephews, and 8 plus 8/?9ths great nieces and nephews. All of whom he loved dearly. He was a good, good man.

He wanted an untraditional funeral in three parts. On Dec. 27 there will be a gathering at White Funeral Home at 14560 Pennock Avenue in Apple Valley, MN, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Please see http://www.whitefuneralhome@frontiernet.net for more information.

On December 29 Ted will be going home to Eau Claire, WI, for a gathering at the 29 Pines Hotel at 5872 33rd Avenue near Eau Claire from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. After the New Year, he’ll be going to the east side of Wisconsin to celebrate his new journey with the Binder family and to blow off fireworks with the remaining members of the Pyro Boys.

Ted’s family would like to thank Deb Binder for her dedication, care and love for Ted. He lived his life to the fullest because of her and she will always have our gratitude and love. We would also like to acknowledge Deb’s family as members of our family. They have the most amazing and giving sister/?aunt and we thank you for sharing her with Ted and us over the years.